Mexico quake toll climbs to 292
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 26, 2017,
Sep 26, 2017, 18:27
A 6.1-magnitude aftershock of the 8.2-magnitude natural disaster from September 7 jolted southeastern Mexico on Saturday, causing at least one death.
Bad weather and aftershocks have slowed the search work, including a 6.1 magnitude quake Saturday centered near Matias Romero in Oaxaca state. The dog is part of the Canine Unit of Mexico's Navy, which has been active at the sites of 39 buildings brought down in the quake.
As officials turn their focus to rebuilding, rescuers continued to search for survivors in the remnants of collapsed buildings five days after a magnitude 7.1 natural disaster hit Mexico, killing at least 319 people.
And the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City spewed a cloud of vapor with some ash about a mile (2 km) into the air last Saturday, but experts said it was not related to the quakes. "But we won't give up", said the head of the civil protection service, Luis Felipe Puente. Rescue workers in hard hats stood around at some rescue sites, awaiting further instructions.
A bridge collapsed near the town of Juchitan, Oaxaca, already hit hard by a September 7 quake that killed almost 100 people.
The delegation is scheduled to return on Friday, but that may change depending on the situation in Mexico City and how much the IDF soldiers and their Mexican counterparts are able to accomplish before then.
In Mexico City alone, more than 1,900 people have been treated in health facilities since the quake, according to Pena Nieto.
"I came to ask God for strength for those who lost loved ones and for the Virgin to watch over us and keep us safe", 69-year-old Maria Gema Ortiz said.
"I have never seen such a warm country, such a warm people", said Col. Gili "People are saying all the time "thank you" and the people themselves are really trying to help, digging with whatever they can. and taking care of the people who do not have anything". The quake was centered in Puebla state, southeast of Mexico City.
A person was believed missing at each of three other buildings in the capital where search operations are in progress, Puente said.
Speaking to The Times of Israel on the phone from Mexico, Col. (res.) Gili Shenhar said the delegation reached Mexico in "record time", arriving in the country less than 48 hours after the initial natural disaster.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department is one of many global aid entities that has deployed its task force to Mexico City to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.
"People are paranoid, nervous, they don't know if they can stay at home in any moment or have to run out", said Mayela Ruiz, one of a number of volunteers handing out food, clothing and other basics in the Condesa district, which was extensively damaged in Tuesday's quake. Three people died in Oaxaca during Saturday's tremor, including a man who was attacked by a swarm of wild bees, authorities said.
Isaac Garcia, spokesman for the neighbours, said the injunction was a precautionary measure to make sure the search continues at the site wrecked by Tuesday's quake.
Since last t least Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude quake around 319 people have died.
With only 186 accounted for of the 324 dead nationwide, dogged search teams still sifted through unsteady piles of rubble Monday, hoping to beat the odds and find survivors.